If it walks like a Marduk and quacks like a Marduk
Psst! allegedly, moominmolly, and eh.. how about surreality! I'm about 1/3 of the way through Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (He's the guy who did that Cryptonomicon book that gave me such an Umberto Ecco & Tim Powers feel, allegedly) and I think y'all might like it. moominmolly might want to give it at least until just after we see Uncle Enzo on a skateboard -- it's just after that where I thought, "I know who simply must read this!"